Ascentra Scholarship Competition offers ten scholarships for members 

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Ascentra Scholarship Competition offers ten scholarships for members

BETTENDORF, IOWA - The Ascentra Credit Union Scholarship Competition announces another round of scholarships for area students.  A total of $10,000 in scholarships are made available to Ascentra members planning to further their education starting the 2016 - 2017 school year.   The ten scholarships will be awarded to students as follows:

  • Five $1,000 scholarships for high school students planning to enter college
  • Five $1,000 scholarships for members age 19 or over, considered non-traditional or continuing education students

"By providing opportunities such as our scholarship program for those who are entering or returning to college and adult learners going back as non-traditional students, we are investing in a more financially stable region that ultimately benefits all of us who live here," said Ascentra President & CEO Dale Owen.

The scholarship entrants will be judged on a 500 word essay on the topic, "How do you plan on using your education to improve your community?"

All entries are judged on their essay, resume, awards, extracurricular activities, volunteer services and work experience.  Deadline for the Ascentra Scholarship Competition is March 1, 2016.  Applications and official rules may be picked up at any of our branches or found online at www.ascentra.org/scholarships. There members can find information on other scholarships.

Awarding a total of $10,000 in scholarships is another way Ascentra Credit Union recognizes that financial planning and education is essential to lifetime success for its members and the community.

About us:

Founded in 1950, Ascentra Credit Union, is Iowa's premier credit union with more than $359 million in assets and 10 branches serving the communities of Bettendorf, Clinton, Davenport, Le Claire, Muscatine, Iowa and Moline, Ill. Learn more about Ascentra Credit Union at ascentra.org. Follow Ascentra on Facebook and on Twitter @ascentra.

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A Summer of Giving for the Ascentra Credit Union Foundation

BETTENDORF - The Ascentra Credit Union Foundation gave a total of $17,000 to 37 different charities and organizations throughout the region this summer. These efforts stem from the credit union's encouragement of staff to volunteer and give back to the community.  The foundation committee wanted to support the causes that the volunteer board of directors and senior leadership are active with and elected to allow them to give out $1,000 to their efforts and causes.  In total 37 organizations were positively impacted including:

  • American Red Cross Muscatine -Louisa Branch, Muscatine
  • Associate Benevolent Society, Clinton
  • Bettendorf Fine Arts Patron, Bettendorf
  • Bettendorf Rotary Club, Bettendorf
  • Bettendorf Soccer Association, Bettendorf
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley, Davenport
  • Central Community Educational Foundation, Dewitt
  • Children's Therapy Center of the Quad Cities, Moline
  • Christ's Family Day Care, Davenport
  • Churches United of the Quad Cities, Bettendorf
  • City Center Ministry, Davenport
  • Clinton Humane Society, Clinton
  • Community Health Care, Inc., Davenport
  • Davenport Chordbusters, Davenport
  • First Christian Reformed Church, Fulton
  • Gold Coast & Hamburg Historic District Association, Davenport
  • Habitat for Humanity Clinton
  • Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities
  • Henry County Humane Society, Geneseo
  • Humane Society of Scott County, Davenport
  • ILOWA Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Geneseo
  • Iowa Quad Cities Rotary Club, Davenport
  • King's Harvest Pet Rescue, Davenport
  • Muscatine Arboretum Association, Muscatine
  • Quad Citians Affirming Diversity, Rock Island
  • Quad City Animal Welfare Center, Milan
  • Quad City Hockey Association, Davenport
  • Rick's House of Hope, Davenport
  • River Bend Food Bank, Davenport
  • Rock Island Music Association, Rock Island
  • Safe Path Survivor Resources of Family Resources, Moline
  • Scott County Family YMCA, Davenport
  • Sterling Schools Foundation, Sterling
  • The 180 Zone, Davenport
  • The Pregnancy Center, Clinton
  • Thurgood Marshall Learning Center, Rock Island
  • YouthHope, Moline

"Our leadership team and volunteer board of directors are very passionate supporters of many worthy causes in our region.  The financial support through the Ascentra Credit Union Foundation enables us to make an even more profound impact for these great organizations!" said Ascentra President and CEO Dale Owen.  said Ascentra President and CEO Dale Owen.

The Ascentra Credit Union Foundation was established in 2013 as the charitable arm of the credit union to honor the memory of the credit union's late President and CEO Paul Lensmeyer and to meet the charitable and educational objectives of the Board of Directors of Ascentra Credit Union.

The foundation's first fundraiser will be the inaugural Paul Lensmeyer Golf Outing taking place at the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club, on Monday, Sept. 28th.  For more information about the mission of the foundation or the golf outing visit ascentra.org/foundation.

BETTENDORF  - Another round of $10,000 was awarded to area students to help pay for their college costs as part of the Ascentra Credit Union Scholarship Competition.  There were five $1,000 scholarships available for high school students planning to enter college.  The other five $1,000 scholarships were for members age 19 or over, considered non-traditional or continuing education students.

The high school scholarship winners include :

·         Guadalupe Chavez, Davenport, Iowa

·         Arika Allen, Davenport, Iowa

·         Jennifer Baldwin, Eldridge, Iowa

·         Luke Giovanine, Moline, Illinois

·         Thomas Byrne, Bettendorf, Iowa

The non-traditional or continuing education winners include :

·         Bailey Ford, Bettendorf, Iowa

·         Adam Cline, Bettendorf, Iowa

·         Laura Kulp, LeClaire, Iowa

·         Dakota Keller, Iowa City, Illinois

·         Lindsey Figg, Wilton, Iowa

All entries are judged on their essay, resume, awards, extracurricular activities, volunteer services and work experience.  The competition is announced every October with the deadline in March of the following year. Official rules may be picked up at any of our branches or found online at www.ascentra.org/scholarships.

Awarding a total of $10,000 in scholarships is another way Ascentra Credit Union recognizes that financial planning and education is essential to lifetime success for our members and community.

BETTENDORF, IOWA - Ascentra Credit Union was recently honored with a total of five Diamond Awards, which nationally recognizes outstanding marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry.

The awards were presented by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Marketing and Business Development Council at the council's annual conference, held March 25-28 in Las Vegas this year. Awards are given in multiple categories ranging from advertising to community events and beyond.

"We have seen our marketing efforts connect not only with the people of our region, but with all of our staff in a way we never experienced before," Ascentra President & CEO Dale Owen said.  "Everyone has really embraced our campaigns, the unique ways we give back to the community, and our overall fun, fresh approach.  We have an amazing team here at Ascentra and I am very proud of all of our efforts. "

Ascentra Credit Union earned two prestigious Category's Best awards that include credit unions of all asset sizes.   Ascentra received top honors in the following categories:

·        Mobile: Design of website for mobile devices and incorporation of the Ascentra MyMobile App with mobile deposit.

·        Segmented Marketing: Ascentra's Latino Outreach Program and marketing efforts.

The credit union was the winner in their asset size class in the following categories:

·        Community/PR-Ongoing Event: Pay It Forward program with WQAD News 8, awarding $300 for individuals going above and beyond in their community.

·        Point of Sale Display and Retail Merchandising: MyMobile App campaign to introduce all the features associated with the Ascentra mobile app and text banking.

·        Membership Packets, Brochures or Booklets: Fresh Start Kit to assist members when switching automatic payments over to an Ascentra account.

"Credit unions that receive these awards should be extremely proud of their accomplishments and know that their work represents the very best examples of creativity, innovation, relevance, and execution. The Diamond Awards are not easily earned and the CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council is proud to honor those who are deserving of this recognition," said Michelle Hunter, Chair of the CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council, and SVP of Marketing & Development at Credit Union of Southern California.

Ascentra VP of Marketing & Public Relations, Jennifer Naeve joined Ascentra in 2012 and brought with her an exciting new approach to connecting the organization's brand to meet the demands of our member-owners and future members.

"We are humbled to receive these awards for a second year in a row," Naeve said.  "It would not be possible without the commitment from our entire staff and board of directors and their dedication to serving our members.  It is of service to our members that we communicate our products and services in memorable ways.  We are here to help people achieve their financial goals and to grow our organization in a socially and financially responsible manner. Everything we do is with our members and community in mind."

For more information on the Diamond Awards or to view the entire list of winners, go to www.cunamarketingcouncil.org.

About us:                           

Founded in 1950, Ascentra Credit Union, is Iowa's premier credit union with more than $340 million in assets and 10 branches serving the communities of Bettendorf, Clinton, Davenport, Le Claire, Muscatine, Iowa and Moline, Ill. Learn more about Ascentra Credit Union at ascentra.org. Follow Ascentra on Facebook and on Twitter @ascentra.

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BETTENDORF - The Ascentra Credit Union Scholarship Competition is offering a total of $10,000 in scholarships to assist members planning to further their education.   There will be a total of ten scholarships which will be awarded to students as follows:

  • Five $1,000 scholarships for high school seniors planning to enter college
  • Five $1,000 scholarships for members age 19 or over, considered non-traditional or continuing education students

"What sets our scholarship competition apart is that students can apply every year that they are attending college," said Ascentra Community Development Manager Alvaro Macias.  "Even Ascentra members attending trade school or those seeking advanced degrees are eligible for our non-traditional scholarships."

The scholarship entrants will be judged on a 500 word essay on the topic, "How do you plan on using your education to improve your community?"

 

All entries are judged on their essay, resume, awards, extracurricular activities, volunteer services and work experience.  Applications and official rules may be picked up at any of our branches or found online at www.ascentra.org/scholarships . There members can also find information on other scholarships.  Deadline for the Ascentra Scholarship Competition is March 2, 2015.

 

Awarding a total of $10,000 in scholarships is another way Ascentra Credit Union recognizes that financial planning and education is essential to lifetime success for our members and community.

 

About us:

Founded in 1950, Ascentra Credit Union, is Iowa's premier credit union with more than $340 million in assets and 10 branches serving the communities of Bettendorf, Clinton, Davenport, Le Claire, Muscatine, Iowa and Moline, Ill. Learn more about Ascentra Credit Union at ascentra.org. Follow Ascentra on Facebook and on Twitter @ascentra.

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$2 million corporate gift will support giving in the areas of youth education, financial literacy, community development and helping the financial viability of the underserved

 

Bettendorf, Iowa - Ascentra Credit Union is honoring former CEO Paul Lensmeyer by establishing the Ascentra Credit Union Foundation, a fund within the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend.  Paul Lensmeyer was more than the President & CEO; he was a charismatic leader, a friend to many and an astute businessman who spent his life giving to others.  He was the heart of the organization for over 20 years and created a culture dedicated to giving back and community service.

As any great leader does, Lensmeyer had a plan in place for a worst-case scenario.  Long ago, he and the Board of Directors had put in place a key person life insurance policy that would protect the credit union in case tragedy struck.  As Lensmeyer was preparing for retirement he had already initiated a succession plan and had selected and trained Dale Owen to assume his CEO responsibilities.  When Paul passed away unexpectedly, a policy that would normally be used to search for a successor did not need to be used in that fashion.

The board and senior management team were faced with a difficult decision on what to do with the policy proceeds.  It did not take long to determine that Ascentra would like to utilize the funds to start the Ascentra Credit Union Foundation continuing the service and generosity Lensmeyer taught and lived.   "Listening, caring, doing what's right" are words that were genuinely spoken by Paul, who lived and breathed this mantra in his professional and personal life.  He instilled these beliefs into Ascentra's organization which has made a difference in the lives of its members, staff, and the communities it serves.  Now, through the Ascentra Credit Union Foundation, Ascentra is ensuring his legacy lives on and that these beliefs will have a positive ripple effect for generations to come.

"Ascentra, by its nature as a credit union, and even more so under the leadership of Paul, already contributed to the community in many ways," said Linda Andry, Chief Financial Officer.  "But Paul's legacy was a catalyst for the credit union to partner with the Community Foundation to expand its philanthropic work."

 

The credit union established an endowment and a charitable giving fund, and is in the process of working with the Community Foundation to enhance its giving and further their philanthropic outreach in the communities they serve. This collaboration represents the largest corporate partnership with the Community Foundation to date by establishing a $1.75 million endowment to support their corporate philanthropy, and a non-endowed fund of $250,000 for additional grants.

 

"What better way to not only honor Paul, but to do what is right for our community and our members?" said Dale Owen, President & CEO of Ascentra, who had been in the process of transitioning into his position when Paul passed away.

 

In honor of Paul, the credit union provided donations in the past year totaling more than $150,000 to several local organizations, including the Pleasant Valley Schools Educational Foundation, the Bettendorf/Quad City Rotary, Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Iowa Credit Union Foundation and the Children's Miracle Network at the University of Iowa Hospitals. Dale said they approached the Community Foundation to be more strategic about future giving because of the foundation's strong reputation.

 

"The Community Foundation has a long track record of doing many great things," he said. "It is an organization we've admired and I'm glad we're partnering with them."

 

Barb Melbourne, JD, vice president of development at CFGRB, said the sentiment is shared.  "Ascentra is committed to the community in which we all live and work, and we are humbled to have an opportunity to sit alongside them to shape their mission, and identify ways to be more impactful with their philanthropic dollars," she said. "They are an incredible example of the ways local businesses can influence and support their community for the greater good."

 

It is a move that Paul would have been proud of, Andry said, as Paul also led by example at work and in his personal life.  "He encouraged staff to volunteer and give back to their community," she said. "That was?and is today?the environment in our workplace. Paul wanted staff engaged in giving back to the community. We miss him dearly."

 

About the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend:

For the past 50 years, the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend has been dedicated to bettering the communities we serve by connecting people who care with causes that matter.  We are the lead foundation for 14 Affiliate Foundations throughout eastern Iowa and western Illinois. They are part of our 17 county service area, which allows our grant and scholarship work to create impact across our region. Learn more about the Community Foundation at CFGRB.org.  Follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

About Ascentra Credit Union:

Founded in 1950, Ascentra Credit Union, is Iowa's premier credit union with more than $340 million in assets and 10 branches serving the communities of Bettendorf, Clinton, Davenport, Le Claire, Muscatine, Iowa and Moline, Ill. Learn more about Ascentra Credit Union at ascentra.org. Follow Ascentra on Facebook and on Twitter @ascentra.

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Alvaro C. Macias | Community Development Manager

Ascentra Credit Union
1710 Grant Street, Bettendorf, IA 52722

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Davenport's Hilltop Campus Village Welcomes Ascentra to the Neighborhood BETTENDORF - Ascentra Credit Union will break ground for a new branch to be built on the corner of Brady and Locust Streets in Davenport on Friday, Oct. 17 at 4:00 p.m. This new branch will replace the nearby branch Ascentra merged in with Scott Schools Credit Union in 2013. It will provide convenient access to members and future members of the credit union in a very visible location. The state of the art facility will have the distinct Ascentra look similar to their new Bettendorf branch. The 3,400 square ft. structure will feature family friendly amenities, will beautify the landscape and enhance pedestrian access to the corner in the Hilltop Campus Village. Ascentra looks forward to opening this office in late spring 2015. Located within walking distance from St. Ambrose University and Palmer College of Chiropractic, this branch will provide much needed access to financial services for students in the heart of our community. "We look forward to working within an area of Davenport that is vibrant and very diverse," Ascentra President and CEO Dale Owen says. "This is a wonderful location for our business, and we have been very pleased to work with the City staff, the City Council, the Design Review Board and the Hilltop Campus Village organization." "Ascentra has seized a terrific opportunity by redeveloping a prominent corner site within the historic Hilltop Campus Village of Davenport," said Joshua A. Schoenemann, Design Project Manager for LaMacchia Group, the construction and design firm for the project. "In addition to convenient vehicular accessibility off Brady and Locust, the enhanced landscaping and pedestrian connection demonstrates the credit union's desire to immerse themselves into the fabric of the community they are serving. I feel the students, residents and visitors of this mixed-use neighborhood will greatly appreciate the effort Ascentra has put into adapting its signature look and feel to fit amongst the unique excitement of the area," Schoenemann added. See a progress of the build on Ascentra's Facebook and Twitter. About us: Founded in 1950, Ascentra Credit Union, is Iowa's premier credit union with more than $340 million in assets and 10 branches serving the communities of Bettendorf, Clinton, Davenport, Le Claire, Muscatine, Iowa and Moline, Ill. Learn more about Ascentra Credit Union at ascentra.org. Follow Ascentra on Facebook and on Twitter @ascentra. ###

Ten Winners Announced

BETTENDORF - A total of $10,000 was given to area students to help pay for their college costs as part of the Ascentra Credit Union Scholarship Competition.  There were five $1,000 scholarships available for high school students planning to enter college.  The other five $1,000 scholarships were for members age 19 or over, considered non-traditional or continuing education students. This year Ascentra expanded the number of scholarship recipients from two to ten to better serve our growing membership.

The high school scholarship winners include :

·        Jacob Logan, Bettendorf, Iowa

·        Madison Temperly, Eldridge, Iowa

·        Caitlin Thom, Bettendorf, Iowa

·        Lauren Pittman, Clinton, Iowa

·        Taylor Trumbo, Davenport, Iowa

The non-traditional or continuing education winners include :

·        Micaela Terronez, East Moline, Illinois

·        Hailey Oepping, Muscatine, Iowa

·        Maddison Theisen, LeClaire, Iowa

·        Jessica Tucker, Cleveland, Illinois

·        Darcey Jansen, Eldridge, Iowa

Photos and more information about the winners can be found at www.ascentra.org.  All entries are judged on their essay, resume, awards, extracurricular activities, volunteer services and work experience.  The competition is announced every October with the deadline in March of the following year. Official rules may be picked up at any of our branches or found online at www.ascentra.org/scholarships.

Awarding a total of $10,000 in scholarships is another way Ascentra Credit Union recognizes that financial planning and education is essential to lifetime success for our members and community.

 

About us:

 

.  Follow Ascentra on Facebook and on Twitter @ascentra.

Ascentra Credit Union Earns Six Diamond Awards for Excellence in Marketing and Public Relations

BETTENDORF, IOWA - Ascentra Credit Union was recently honored with a total of six Diamond Awards, which recognize outstanding marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry.

The awards were presented by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Marketing and Business Development Council at the council's annual conference held March 12-15 in Orlando, Fla.  Awards are given in multiple categories ranging from advertising to community events and beyond.

"Many people have told us how much they love our marketing.   Last year we implemented a fresh new approach to our marketing and we have done bigger campaigns and projects that have really tested us," Ascentra Credit Union President and CEO Dale Owen said.  "It's great to know that people respond well to your message but it's a beautiful thing to also be recognized at the national level by our industry."

Ascentra Credit Union earned three prestigious Category's Best awards that include credit unions of all asset sizes.   Ascentra received top honors in the following categories:

·         Brand Awareness: Ascentra's overall 2013 brand awareness campaign.

·         Community/Public Relations One-Time Event: Events leading up to the grand opening of the new branch in Bettendorf and dedication of the building to their late CEO Paul Lensmeyer.

·         Television (single and series): Ascentra's television advertising campaign.

The credit union was the winner in their asset size class in the following categories:

·         Community/PR-Ongoing Event: Steppin' Up Program and Pay it Forward partnership with WQAD News 8.

·         Point of Sale Display and Retail Merchandising: ZIP - My Online Services campaign.

·         Complete Campaign: 10 & Done! Mortgage Freedom Loan campaign.

"The Diamond Award competition is the most prestigious competition for excellence in marketing and business development in the credit union industry," said Michelle Hunter, Chair of the CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council, and SVP of Marketing & Development at Credit Union of Southern California.  "Credit unions that receive these awards should be extremely proud of their accomplishments and know that their work represents the very best examples of creativity, innovation, relevance, and execution. The Diamond Awards are not easily earned and the CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council is proud to honor those who are deserving of this recognition."

Under the direction of VP of Marketing & Public Relations Jennifer Naeve, Ascentra's marketing department has evolved to expand beyond their office space to reach members and future members with a lively and energetic new attitude that connects with the people of the areas it serves.

"We have great support from our management team, staff and board of directors," Naeve said.  "It just shows what can be accomplished when we are all aligned.  I really have an amazing team and am very proud of our efforts.  It is extremely important to us to do all we can to communicate our products and services to our members, to be their financial partner in achieving their financial goals, and continuing to grow our organization and making it financially sound for our members.  Everything we do is with our members and community in mind."

About us:

Founded in 1950, Ascentra Credit Union, is Iowa's premier credit union with more than $340 million in assets and 10 branches serving the communities of Bettendorf, Clinton, Davenport, Le Claire, Muscatine, Iowa and Moline, Ill. Learn more about Ascentra Credit Union at ascentra.org. Follow Ascentra on Facebook and on Twitter @ascentra.

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